February 26, 2024

Group formed to combat ‘woke’ discrimination in medical schools

A group of doctors called “Do No Harm” is waging a campaign against “woke medicine’ in the United States. In an article in The Free Press, its founder, Dr Stanley Goldfarb, who spent most of his career at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, says “Our argument is that medical schools are engaging in racial discrimination in service to diversity, equity, and inclusion.” The group’s website says:

Medical schools are being taken over by anti-racist activists. They are demanding that future physicians be trained to combat injustice and racism instead of caring for the unique medical needs of each individual patient.

At least 23 of America’s top 25 medical schools have made anti-racism a core part of their curriculum, while other institutions are creating anti-racist curricula to be implemented at schools nationwide. This divisive campaign will only lead to discrimination in healthcare, which is bad for patients. It will also hurt patient health and well-being by lowering standards for medical school and professional certification.

However, Do No Harm does more than complain about DEI policies in medical schools. It has called in lawyers and claims to have made hundreds of federal civil rights complaints and freedom-of-information requests to universities and government departments.

“Surely the radical activists never expected anyone to turn the administrative state against them, but that’s what we did,” he writes. “And it worked—even under the Biden administration.”

In his article, he lists several kinds of discrimination which have surfaced again as universities embrace DEI.

  • “Scholarships, fellowships, and programs with eligibility criteria that discriminate based on race/ethnicity”. For instance, one program excluded white and Asian students.
  • “Resegregating medicine, including the idea that black physicians provide better healthcare to black patients than physicians of other races.”
  • Segregation in medical schools. For instance, the New England Journal of Medicine has published an article by doctors and academics at the University of California–San Francisco and UC–Berkeley, advocating “racial affinity group caucuses,” or RAGCs, for medical students.